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Does my employer have to pay me while I serve on jury duty?
The law does not require your employer to pay you while fulfilling your juror responsibilities.  However, many employers do pay and have personnel policies that specifically address jury duty.  We suggest you discuss this with your employer.

Does the Court pay me for parking or child care?
Unfortunately, the Court cannot pay or reimburse you for your parking or child care expenses.  We urge you to park in an all day parking lot/garage and make arrangements for children and/or other dependants for full day care as well.  (Please refer to Court location and parking map).

What should I wear when I report for jury duty?
Please dress appropriately for Court.  Business attire or casual business/work dress is suitable (no shorts or tank tops).

What happens if I don't appear for jury service?
A juror who is summoned and who willfully and without reasonable excuse fails to appear for jury service may be found by the Court to be in contempt and subject to penalties provided by law.  If you fail to appear on the date summoned, contact the Jury Administration Office during business hours (8-4:30) as soon as possible at 449-7520 or 449-7022 to explain your reasons for not appearing.

What if I'm sick or have a doctor's appointment?
If you request to be deferred or excused from jury duty due to medical reasons, the jury administration office must receive a brief statement from your doctor explaining your inability to serve and specifying the duration of your illness.  You may fax or mail this information; however, please include your juror number and your signature (Allen Superior and Circuit Courts Jury Administration Office, Allen County Courthouse, 715 South Calhoun St., Room 108A, Fort Wayne, IN 46802; Fax: 260-449-4245). Please note there are no automatic exemptions from jury service.

May I be excused if I'm over 65 years of age?
There is no longer an automatic exemption for age. However, if you are 75 years of age or older, you may request to be excused from jury duty. In addition, if you have a medical or mental/emotional/psychiatric disability that you feel would prevent you from serving as a juror, please contact the jury administration office at 449-7520.

Do I get paid for serving on jury duty?
The Court does pay each juror an amount specified by law. If you are seated in the jury box and a sworn member of the jury, you will receive $40.00 per day plus mileage.  If, however, you report for jury duty and are subsequently excused, you will be paid $15.00 plus mileage. You will receive a check from the Allen County Auditor's Office in approximately three weeks.

Does the Court provide lunch for jurors?
Although the Court does not provide lunch for jurors (except during jury deliberations), there will be a lunch break and jurors will have ample opportunity to dine in or carryout from many downtown restaurants.

How can my family reach me if there is an emergency at home?
In case of a family emergency, jurors can be reached by contacting the Jury Administration Office at 449-7520 or 449-7022.  If the duration of a trial extends beyond normal business hours, Court Bailiffs (Allen County Police Officers) will provide jurors with contact information for their families.

How long will I have to serve as a juror?
The Superior and Circuit Courts of Allen County operate on a one day/one trial system for jurors.  This means that if you are not selected to serve on a jury for a trial, your period of service is completed at the end of the first day.  Please note that on rare occasions, jury selection may exceed one day.  If you are selected to serve on a jury, your service is completed at the conclusion of the trial.  Many jury trials last only one day.  However, it is not uncommon for trials to be several days in duration.  After completing your juror obligations, you will not be eligible to be summoned again for a period of at least two years.

How can my family reach me if there is an emergency at home?
In case of a family emergency, you can be reached by contacting the Jury Administration Office at 449-7520 or 449-7022.  If your duty as a juror extends beyond normal business hours, Court Bailiffs (Allen County Police Officers) can provide you with contact information for your families.